“Ilonka” brings spring fever to Germany

VA few days ago the winter jackets could hardly have been thick enough, now a sweater is sometimes enough in the sun: High “Ilonka” gives Germany spring-like weather. The high is over southeast Europe and make no move to disappear from there, it was said on Sunday by the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach.

Low pressure areas would have no chance of encroaching on Germany with their fronts. “A change in the weather situation does not appear until the coming weekend at the earliest,” explained meteorologist Marcel Schmid from the DWD weather forecast center.

Already on Saturday and Sunday, many people were drawn outside. For the first time this year, according to the DWD, the 20-degree mark was cracked: In Müllheim near Freiburg, 20.3 degrees were measured on Saturday afternoon. After the polar air had led to freezing cold on the previous two weekends, the parks were now full of strollers, and people with motorbikes or convertibles were out and about on the streets. The first spring bloomers can be seen in many places.

In view of the large number of day-trippers, the police in some places felt the need to check compliance with the corona rules – for example in the Baltic Sea resort of Boltenhagen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: There, the police said they saw a number of cars from neighboring federal states, so checkpoints were set up at the town entrances have. On Saturday alone, 65 people were turned away from 28 vehicles and asked to return, the police in Rostock said.


Had to be temporarily closed: The Walhalla memorial in Donaustauf near Regensburg
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In Bavaria, the Walhalla memorial in Donaustauf was closed due to the large crowds in sunny weather. Many people did not wear masks there on Saturday and did not keep a Corona distance, the police said on Sunday. She also spoke of a “real traffic chaos”. Residents had complained about illegal parking.

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